noun \ˈmi-mi-krē\

: the activity or art of copying the behavior or speech of other people : the activity or art of mimicking other people

plural mim·ic·ries

Full Definition of MIMICRY

a :  an instance of mimicking
b :  the action, practice, or art of mimicking
:  a superficial resemblance of one organism to another or to natural objects among which it lives that secures it a selective advantage (as protection from predation)

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noun \ˈmim-i-krē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural mim·ic·ries

Medical Definition of MIMICRY

: an instance of mimicking something


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Similarity between organisms that confers a survival advantage on one. In Batesian mimicry, an organism lacking defenses mimics a species that does have defenses. In Müllerian mimicry, all species in a group are similar even though all individually have defenses. In aggressive mimicry, a predatory species mimics a benign species so that it can approach its prey without alarming it, or a parasitic species mimics its host. Some plant species mimic the colour patterns and scents of animals for the purposes of pollination and dispersal. Mimicry differs from camouflage in that camouflage hides the organism, whereas mimicry benefits the organism only if the organism is detected.


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